Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie once owned a restaurant in Little Rock where he became friendly with Bill Clinton who frequently visited the establishment. In 1994, a couple of years after Clinton became President, Trie moved to Washington where he opened an office in the Watergate complex and became a Democratic fundraiser.
In June of 1995, Trie introduced a Taiwanese businessman named Winston Wang to Bill Clinton. As with many other Asian businessmen introduced through Trie, Wang had a cup of coffee at the White House and soon thereafter promised a $100,000 contribution to the Democratic National Committee.
Winston Wang is the son of billionaire Yung-Ching Wang, chairman of Taiwan's largest business group, Formosa Plastics Corporation. In the summer of 1995, Formosa Plastics was seeking assistance with regulatory matters in Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina.
Shortly after the campaign pledge by Winston Wang, $6 million in federal grants were issued for a pipeline to dilute wastewater of Nan Ya Plastics (a division of Formosa Plastics that was headed by none other than Winston Wang) in South Carolina.
Such flagrant appearances of impropriety were commonplace in the Clinton Administration which included Whitewater, Castle Grande, outlandish cattle futures, questionable Presidential pardons, Travelgate, FBI Filegate, Lincoln bedroom sleepovers for cash, receiving illegal campaign contributions, Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinski, Juanita Broddrick, Kathleen Willey, various bimbo eruptions, etc., etc.
George W, Bush was elected President in 2000, promising to bring integrity back to the White House.
Apparently the promise failed to include Neil Mallon Bush, one of George's younger brothers. Neil Bush made headlines in the late 1980s when he was director of Silverado Savings & Loan in Denver, Colorado. When Silverado collapsed under his dubious leadership, it cost the taxpayers $1 billion to bail them out.
In a deposition taken as part of his divorce it was discovered that Neil Bush received a $2 million contract in August of 2002 from a Chinese-Taiwanese company called Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing.
Subsequent questioning by a divorce lawyer revealed that Neil Bush knew nothing about semiconductors or the manufacturing thereof. In addition to the lucrative consulting fee, he was to be on the board of directors of the company.
Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing had two founders. One is a son of Jiang Zemin, the former President of mainland China, and the other is a gentleman named Winston Wong, a Taiwanese businessman who was also a major investor in one of Neil Bush's ventures called Ignite, an educational software firm based in Austin, Texas.
Initially, no one made the connection between Winston Wang, the Taiwanese businessman who purportedly greased Bill Clinton, the previous President of the United States, and Winston Wong, the Taiwanese businessman who purportedly greased the brother of George W. Bush, the following President of the United States.
Apparently, there had been a spelling error in published reports of the two incidents -- it turned out that Winston Wang and Winston Wong were the same person.
A split personality is a person with two distinct personalities, much like my ex-wife during a full moon. Winston Wang/Wong was a split identity, unaffected by lunar conditions.
Those who strive for wealth in a free society rise to the top in business, then often attempt to manipulate government to further their ambitions.
Those who strive for wealth in a restricted society rise to the top in government, then invariably manipulate business to further their ambitions.
When you forsake your integrity for riches, you may gain wealth but you lose your soul in the process.
Whoever occupies the White House doesn't need to be perfect, just honest -- an honest jerk is better than a dishonest jerk.
Quote for the Day -- "Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party." Herbert Hoover
Bret Burquest is the author of 9 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights make a left.